Alec Baldwin is expected to return to Broadway this season, courtesy of the Roundabout.
The theater company has rejiggered its 2003-04 sked, replacing an announced production of “The Cherry Orchard” with the vintage “Twentieth Century.” Rehearsals are set to begin in January.
Baldwin recently headlined a Roundabout-sponsored reading of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur comedy as revised by playwright Ken Ludwig, author of “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo.” The new version features 10 actors as opposed to the original’s 30, which is cost-prohibitive in today’s legit economy.
Long trip back to B’way
“Twentieth Century,” which preemed in 1932, has not been staged on Broadway since 1950, when Jose Ferrer and Gloria Swanson played that feuding trainbound theater duo Oscar Jaffe and Lily Garland. John Barrymore and Carole Lombard essayed the helmer-thesp couple in the classic 1934 film by Howard Hawks.
A spokesman for the Roundabout confirmed the “Twentieth Century” production but declined comment on casting.
In the Roundabout reading this summer, Baldwin played Oscar Jaffe to Jane Krakowski’s Lily Garland. She had replaced Debra Messing of “Will & Grace,” who had a scheduling conflict. Walter Bobbie directed and is expected to repeat those duties for the full production.
Baldwin last appeared on Broadway opposite Jessica Lange in a 1992 production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”